Never Ever Thought!

I, like many of you, never ever thought I would find myself in this situation of confined to home with life as we know it turned upside down due to the virus threat. I know so far, I am one of the lucky ones having continued good health for myself and loved ones. So many have suffered great loss due to this pandemic and it is heartbreaking.

At times, I wonder if life will ever resume the normal daily activities we all enjoyed and took for granted. The mere act of feeding the birds has even taken a backseat for me, the most passionate bird lover around. Though, I still smile when I hear the beautiful songbirds waking up each morning singing their praises for another day.

It’s hard not to get depressed and give up on the things you once loved to do, when the supplies you need are no longer readily available.

I have been trying to continue growing my flowers and garden but with limited resources it has become a challenge. Just when I think it’s useless to continue, a very friendly mockingbird visits me checking out the greenery on my patio.

It made me stop and realize a pity party is ok once in awhile when things seem out of control, but it is important to shake those negative feelings and find happiness in the small things that matter to you.

As we are all so painfully aware lately, life can be cut short without warning, so we should make the most of each moment. So with that in mind, I will move forward in a positive manner with my garden and bird feeding plans. I am determined not to let this years memories be only of the sad, unhappy, virus ridden ones.

Try to find some happiness in feeding the birds, and may you smile a little at the birdseed in your shoe.

SPRINGTIME IN TEXAS

With each day of the new year passing as quick as a wink, springtime is in full bloom in many parts of the country, especially here in Texas. The bluebonnet wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful lining the roadways as well as the indian paintbrush. Most all the trees are bursting with new life and some have popped in full bloom.

The birds are busy hunting the perfect spot for a nest to raise their young. How many of you have had the pleasure of finding birdseed in your shoe this spring? If not, get busy putting up those feeders and houses so you will not miss a moment of the birds in springtime.

And as an added bonus, the little hummingbirds will be arriving soon so don’t forget to put up the hummingbird feeders in the same place you hung them last year. They will check out the spots they fed from previously and you certainly don’t want to disappoint the little fellas. They give you so much joy throughout the summer darting around and enjoying the feeders.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Listen

Sitting on the backyard patio, with a gentle December breeze waking the chimes for one small second, the sound was so pleasing to my ears.

At that very moment, hearing the beautiful perfect pitch, all the worries of the day were erased from my mind. Even the background noise of traffic and an overly loud car radio passing by did not take away the pleasure of the wind chimes.

I think the sound of wind chimes mimics the wonderful sounds we hear when we listen closely to nature. The birds chirping their song for all to hear. The squirrels chattering to warn someone is near and the winter leaves rustling on the trees as the branches dance in the breeze. All of these are here for us to enjoy if we put aside a little time for ourselves.

Life and the hustle and bustle of busy schedules will always take front and center if you allow it to. Pencil in “me time” to let yourself enjoy the silence of the day. You might just hear a wind chime softly in the background playing a note for you.